Thursday, 13 September 2012

A football map of Europe (avg attendances)

This map shows the 12 biggest derbies in Europe (marked in red), based on combined average attendance figures for both clubs throughout the season, where a derby is defined as a match between two clubs whose stadiums are within 5 miles of each other.* The yellow markers show the 13 individual clubs with the highest average attendance who didn't make the list.

*The 5 mile criteria allows us to define Arsenal vs. Spurs as a derby but not Arsenal vs. Chelsea (whose stadiums are 6.4 miles apart). Of the derbies (outside London) which would have made the list had the distance criteria been different, Newcastle United vs. Sunderland (10 miles apart), Hertha Berlin vs. Union Berlin (14 miles apart), Borussia Dortmund vs. Schalke (17 miles apart), the Berlin derby is the only one-city derby, but the combined average attendance of the Revierderby would make it the largest in Europe.

Click on the map or here to zoom in and see the figures.

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